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  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Late Night: Hang Drum, Space Drum, Hand Pan?

    2014-01-05 20:41:22View | Delete

    Here is a description of the instrument. Go to the wiki for more info

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    Hang Panart-freies-integrales-hang.jpg
    Free Integral Hang (2010)
    Percussion instrument
    Classification Percussion
    Hornbostel–Sachs classification 111.24
    (Percussion vessels)
    Inventor(s) Felix Rohner, Sabina Schärer
    Developed 2000
    Felix Rohner, Sabina Schärer

    The Hang (German pronunciation: [haŋ],[1] plural form: Hanghang[2]) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG.[3] The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.[4]

    The instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet[5][6] glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct ‘UFO shape’. The top (“Ding”) side has a center ‘note’ hammered into it and seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered around the center. The bottom (“Gu”) is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.

    The Hang uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator.[7][8] The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and other instruments.[9] The inventors of the Hang have continued to refine the shape and materials and have produced several variations over the years.

    The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand. It is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.[10]

  • I’ll tell you why Romney would be a better President for all of us than Obama.

    Because though Romney may WANT to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs, he will not be able to. He is a Republican, and Democrats in the House and the Senate, AS THEY DID WHEN GEORGE BUSH TRIED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY will fight him and stop him.

    If Obama is elected President, he will destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. He will do it all, with only token opposition, because he is a Democrat, and not enough of his party will fight him.

    This is based on the clear history of Obama as a Republican in Dem clothing, and on the historic resistance to blatant Republican destructionism. If elected, Obama will enact every bit of the Republican agenda — and then some. Based our several years of experience with him.

  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Seasons Change And So Did I, You Need Not Wonder Why

    2012-04-05 10:20:42View | Delete

    How dare you!

    How DARE you!!!

    Associate Brietbarters with lyrics from the great Canadian band, the Guess Who, who also wrote and performed the song “Share the Land”, which would undoubtedly cause the Breitbarters to bleed internally.

    How dare you.

  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Screw the American People, Except for the Corporate People

    2011-08-22 18:43:22View | Delete

    Hey #34. Harper has never had even 40% of the vote. Harper won for the same reason that many Repugs have won, because people in Ontario and British Columbia are seeing the “value” of their homes skyrocketing, and associate their dreams of cashing in on that windfall with their federal government. They will be very surprised when the bubble blows (as I know it will — current house prices are unsupportable. Here in Vancouver a detached house on a 33′x110′lot goes for over $1 million. Try the website to see how crazy our real estate is.)

    Our current leaders, like your current leaders, are neoliberal, Friedmanite scum, but our opposition is stronger, despite our seeming-dictatorship.

  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Screw the American People, Except for the Corporate People

    2011-08-22 18:04:38View | Delete

    To #16 and #18.

    A majority of Canadians dislike and distrust Harper, but their vote was split amongst three parties. The worst thing was that yesterday our Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the NDP (Socialist) party died of cancer. It’ll take a while to get someone in there to oppose Harper.

    The only good thing about the US going to hell in a handbasket is that our population is watching, and is resisting following your example (though Harper himself wishes to emulate it).

    As for getting in to Canada — join the lineup, a lot of people throughout the world like us a lot. Best chance? Marry a Canadian.

  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Screw the American People, Except for the Corporate People

    2011-08-22 17:44:51View | Delete

    This feels like a replay of 1991; that is, it looks like the implosion and collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The most important thing that both the 1991 dissolution of the USSR and the teetering of the US have in common is (I hate all-caps, but I have to use it) THE END OF THE RULE OF LAW. That’s it. That’s all. That’s the end. When a certain class of people, whether it is the “nomenklatura” or the FIRE sector(Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate) can lie and rob with *complete* impunity, that version of society is done. As is yours. (I am a Canadian, watching south with growing horror.)

    For what reason is there to cooperate in the institutions of society, to accept the responsibilities of a citizen, when a whole class of citizens is no longer accountable, is, in fact, invulnerable to the justice system?

    You have institutionalized and even codified torture and indefinite suspension, erased habeas corpus and the necessity to see the evidence and accusers against you, declared entire classes of people immune from prosecution, enabled massive public bribery of public officials, and, quite clearly, have given up on governing, because governing would mean recognizing all of the citizenry of your country, instead of the people who have purchased you. (The “you” here refers to the economic and political elite of the US.)

    Without law, even applied to all, there is neither freedom, nor security.

    Please note that I do not include in my perspective the 97.5% of Americans who own only 20% of the assets of the country.

  • Hairhead commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2010-12-03 08:32:10View | Delete

    Spending $1500 on a dog?

    All my cat did was eat canteloupe seeds and rocks (!), which backed up against her rectum so she could not evacuate. I saw the goddamn X-ray! She had to be put under general anaesthesia so that her rectum could be lubed and opened and the rocks and seeds, plus a whole week’s worth of feces could be eased out. That was only $800.

    See? Cats are cheaper AND grosser!

    After that, we had to be careful never to leave canteloupe out. (She was quite batty about canteloupe, and would claw at our legs, mewing, while we cut one up.)